Friday, November 23, 2012

At Eiheiji Temple

Today I visited Eiheiji Temple, which is the head temple of the Soto Sect of Zen Buddhism. It stands in the wooded hills, about 15 kilometers outside of Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture. (about 3-hour drive from Osaka)
 It consists of over 70 buildings and structures, connected with each other by covered walkways.
Eiheiji is still an active monastery with around 150 practicing Zen monks. They are working hard every day in training including Zen meditation as the same way as in 770 years ago. They also work to help visitors as one of the training. In the second picture, you see two monks.
I was impressed to hear about their austere disciplines.


  1. I would love to visit temples like that.

  2. I do not know myself in the Zen culture at all from Annie, but as you describe it, it is a very special kind of the life, one learns something over and over again, thanks...

  3. Beautiful photos beagleAnnie. And thanks for explaining about this monestary a little bit. I'm loving getting introduced to Japanese culture through your blog.

    Have a great weekend.

  4. I am so impressed with your autumn series. Every day is prettier than the last.

  5. very beautiful temple..
    love for you x

  6. the colour of the trees is stunning. What a lovely place to visit.